Scherer, Michael

Research Scientist

PIRE Calverton Center


Areas of Expertise

Alcohol     Other Drugs     Substance Abuse     Substance Abuse/Dependence     Traffic Safety    
Dr. Scherer is an Associate Research Scientist and Statistician who has been with PIRE since July of 2014. He has degrees in Rehabilitation Counseling and Counseling Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in the Drug Dependence and Epidemiology Training program at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health where his research focused primarily on substance use ranging from alcohol and marijuana to injection drug use. His work sought to identify risk factors associated with substance misuse and polysubstance use as well as developing strength-based treatment supplements to promote self-efficacy and reduce relapse rates. Since joining PIRE, Dr. Scherer has expanded his research to assess rates of drug use among drivers in the United States. Most notably, he worked with the 2007 and 2013 National Roadside Surveys examining the roles alcohol and drug use has on adverse motor vehicle outcomes. He also developed and validated a measure based on data available from these large national data sets. Additionally, he worked as an analyst on numerous studies examining the effectiveness of alcohol-related laws and regulations on adverse driving outcomes. He has authored numerous journal articles and presented at national conferences on his work many times.